Pinterest Stumbleupon Whatsapp
Ads by Google

unblockable popupEvery comic book lover should be familiar with this quote: “With great power comes great responsibility“. Basically, it teaches us not to abuse the power that we have. Unfortunately, even though more and more ordinary people have access to super powers in the virtual world, not everybody has the wisdom to use that power responsibly.

Other than spam, another notorious example of irresponsible use of power on the Internet is the popup window. Over the last few years, this tool has been used so excessively (mostly by marketers) that the first thing any Internet user does is turn on the “Block Pop-up Windows” feature on their browsers. That’s really sad because if used properly, popup windows can be a powerful tool to get the attention of site visitors.

Unblockable Popups & Possible Usages

There’s a new generation of popup window that can’t be blocked by the browser’s popup blocking feature. However, this tool is like a double-edged sword: you can use it as an effective tool to increase the number of visitors (or to show any kind of message that your visitors will definitely read), but if you use it too much you’ll annoy your visitors and they will never come back to your site.

The tool works similar to the lightbox effect that is widely used to display a photo gallery: an image will zoom in at the center of the computer display while the area around the image is darkened out to give focus to the image.

unblockable popup

Ads by Google

One of the possible usages of this unblockable popup is to “gently remind” the visitor to subscribe to your RSS feed or email newsletter. Website owners can set the popup so that whenever a new visitor lands on the site, he/she will be greeted by this popup asking him/her to subscribe.

The popup can also be set so that every time a visitor is leaving the site, a popup will appear thanking the person for visiting and asking for his/her help to spread a word or two about the site to his/her social network.

We are talking about a really powerful tool here. Even if there’s only a fraction of visitors who really go through the trouble of spreading the word, new visitors will come and do the same. The numbers will multiply over time.

So if you promise to use the power for the greater good and not abuse it, I’ll show you how you can apply this to your WordPress blog. Here are three alternative WordPress plugins that can help you use an unblockable popup window within your blog.

WP Super Popup

The first plugin on the list is WP Super Popup. You can find and install the plugin easily from the “Plugins” menu of your WordPress dashboard.

how to add a pop up to your site

After the installation process is finished, you can activate the plugin. This plugin will create its own settings menu on the WordPress sidebar. Inside the settings, you will find “Base Settings” where you can enable/disable the plugin and choose where you want the popup window to show up.

how to add a pop up to your site

There’s also the option to set intervals for the popup, along with what content you want to show inside the popup. You can embed URL content, write new content, embed an HTML file, or even embed a WordPress page.

unblockable pop up

The last part of the settings is the visual effect. Here is the place to set the appearance of your popup window.

unblockable pop up

OptinPop

The second alternative is called OptinPop. You can acquire it the same way as the previous plugin.

Even though both plugins do more or less similar things, OptinPop has more simple settings and has the ability to show up when visitors decide to leave the page.

unblockable pop up

WP_EmailFeedburnerPop

If your purpose is to use the popup to ask your visitor to subscribe to your RSS feed and you are using Feedburner to manage your RSS, you can use this plugin instead. However, setting up WP_EmailFeedburnerPop is a little difficult for beginners.

You have to access the plugin folder inside the WordPress installation using your FTP client, edit the “form.html” file and insert your Feedburner link there.

unblockable popup

There are several other plugins with similar functions, but these three are among the best based on the number of users and ratings.

Are you using an unblockable popup on your WordPress blog? Do you know other alternative plugins worth mentioning? Share your thoughts and opinions using the comments below.

  1. Henry
    January 21, 2016 at 5:38 am

    You are the worst. Never do this. Any site that does this loses credibility instantly.
    Don't sacrifice your user's experience for more sign-ups.

  2. Jason
    December 21, 2010 at 2:04 am

    HovClick.com has a good way to create these too. I've seen some whitepaper reports that companies will use this instead of foresee surveys.

  3. Anonymous
    December 19, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Hi all,

    The purpose of this article is simply to inform that there are ways to do pop ups and if done correctly they could be beneficial to web owners. But the decision whether or not to use the tools should be in the web owners' hand.

    The article and the comments have pointed out the possible outcomes of using such tools. And if the web owners still think that the tool is worth the risk after knowing all the consequences, let the site visitors decide their next move.

  4. thurana
    December 19, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Hi all,

    The purpose of this article is simply to inform that there are ways to do pop ups and if done correctly they could be beneficial to web owners. But the decision whether or not to use the tools should be in the web owners' hand.

    The article and the comments have pointed out the possible outcomes of using such tools. And if the web owners still think that the tool is worth the risk after knowing all the consequences, let the site visitors decide their next move.

  5. The MGB
    December 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    If I see a good site, I'll subscribe to it's feed, if a site site is asking me to subscribe, I will ignore it and subscribe it if I like it or don't if I don't, but if a site is forcing me to see a sign asking to subscribe, you can kiss me good bye, it's a principles thing

  6. James Bruce
    December 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I have to agree with you all. As a developer, I would insist that none of my clients ever try to add a pop-up. They are the most obtuse form of attention grabbing and no one appreciates them. There is simply no way to "do them right".

  7. jim jones
    December 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    pop-up = bye bye

  8. Captain Kirk
    December 16, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I wonder why a website has to "gently remind" a visitor to subscribe to its RSS feed.

    Popups should be banned in all forms.

    Please do never publish such an article again!

  9. Captain Kirk
    December 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I wonder why a website has to "gently remind" a visitor to subscribe to its RSS feed.

    Popups should be banned in all forms.

    Please do never publish such an article again!

  10. Matthew
    December 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    As the author mentions If done properly pop-ups have huge advantages. Talk of banning popups on WP is ridiculous. If a site owner abuses popups he receives his just reward by seeing less and less viewers on a daily basis.

    Let the market decide what does and doesn't work - not personal prejudices by anti-marketers.

  11. Matthew
    December 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    As the author mentions If done properly pop-ups have huge advantages. Talk of banning popups on WP is ridiculous. If a site owner abuses popups he receives his just reward by seeing less and less viewers on a daily basis.

    Let the market decide what does and doesn't work - not personal prejudices by anti-marketers.

  12. Richard
    December 16, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I use the Super Popup plugin on my site and I get subscribers to my email list with it. I also have a sign up form on my site and less people use that one. People spend several minutes on my site frequently so the popup isn't chasing them away. Also, you can set it up so that it only pops up once or twice for any given user as long as they don't delete their cookies.

    If done correctly, popups can be pleasant and informative. They're not like the self-replicating ones from sites that are spyware filled and the like.

    • Aibek
      December 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm

      I agree with Richard, if done correctly, popups can enhance user experience. As someone mentioned, webmasters may use them for surveys, provided that they don't interrupt user.

  13. Djangelic
    December 16, 2010 at 6:31 am

    This is great! :) I've noticed this on your guys blog for the survey, and its so rare, its not annoying. I like it, and I will probably use it for surveys... :)

    • Jason
      December 21, 2010 at 1:04 am

      HovClick.com has a good way to create these too. I've seen some whitepaper reports that companies will use this instead of foresee surveys.

  14. Richard
    December 16, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I use the Super Popup plugin on my site and I get subscribers to my email list with it. I also have a sign up form on my site and less people use that one. People spend several minutes on my site frequently so the popup isn't chasing them away. Also, you can set it up so that it only pops up once or twice for any given user as long as they don't delete their cookies.

    If done correctly, popups can be pleasant and informative. They're not like the self-replicating ones from sites that are spyware filled and the like.

  15. GabsPoint Blog
    December 16, 2010 at 1:17 am

    These plugins should be banned in WordPress plugin repository.
    Using them it's just not the way "to go". There are other ways to send a message or draw attention to visitors.

  16. Mechante Anemone
    December 16, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Also known as "Make sure I never visit your site again in one easy step!"

    Dear hypothetical site owner,

    Do you know why people install pop-up blockers? Because pop-ups are @#$%ing annoying, that's why. You may think your fantastic urgent important message is so very fantastically urgently important that I MUST be forced to view it -- simply getting the little reminder from my browser that a pop-up has been blocked, and being asked if I want to allow it anyway, might not be sufficient to reassure you in your insecurity. But rest assured, if you force your pop-up on me, I will add you to my list of permanently blocked sites. Just so you know.

  17. GabsPoint Blog
    December 16, 2010 at 2:17 am

    These plugins should be banned in WordPress plugin repository.
    Using them it's just not the way "to go". There are other ways to send a message or draw attention to visitors.

  18. Paul-G
    December 15, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Why would you want to p*ss off your audience with this type of annoyance?

    Seriously - don't do it!

  19. Mechante Anemone
    December 16, 2010 at 1:25 am

    Also known as "Make sure I never visit your site again in one easy step!"

    Dear hypothetical site owner,

    Do you know why people install pop-up blockers? Because pop-ups are @#$%ing annoying, that's why. You may think your fantastic urgent important message is so very fantastically urgently important that I MUST be forced to view it -- simply getting the little reminder from my browser that a pop-up has been blocked, and being asked if I want to allow it anyway, might not be sufficient to reassure you in your insecurity. But rest assured, if you force your pop-up on me, I will add you to my list of permanently blocked sites. Just so you know.

  20. Paul-G
    December 16, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Why would you want to p*ss off your audience with this type of annoyance?

    Seriously - don't do it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *